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1 NOVEMBER 2021 — monday

  • Rivertown Poets presents a poetry reading featuring Stella Beratlis, Dust Bowl Venus, and Dane Cervine, Earth is a Fickle Dancer, The Gateless Gate: Polishing the Moon Sword, open mic to follow, three minutes per reader, hosted by poet and artist Sande Anfang, Xylem Highway, held the first and third Mondays of the month, online via Zoom, free, 6:15 pm PDT (Register to attend/sign up for open mic:

2 NOVEMBER 2021 — tuesday

3 NOVEMBER 2021 — wednesday

4 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

  • City Lights Books presents short story writer Uwem Akpan, Say You're One of Them, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and PEN Open Book Prize, reading from his new novel, New York, My Village, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Lunch Poems reading series presents poet and editor Kaveh Akbar, whose works include Pilgrim Bell and Calling a Wolf a Wolf, hosted by UC Berkeley, free, online, Noon PDT (Register to attend:
  • Join the members of the Marin Poetry Center as they read their own work, published in the new MPC anthology, Identity and the Self, free, online via Zoom, 7:00 pm PSDT (Register to attend:

5 NOVEMBER 2021 — friday

  • Skylight Books presents a night of poetry in celebration of poet Elizabeth Metzger's new collection of poems, Bed, winner of the 2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, Metzger is joined by poets Paul Tran, All the Flowers Kneeling, and Callie Siskel, Arctic Revival, free, in-person, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 pm PDT (For more information:

6 NOVEMBER 2021 — saturday

  • The Not Yet Dead Poets Society presents poet Patrick Daly, reading from his new collection, Grief and Horses, followed by an open mic, sign-up sheet will be at the reading, outdoors at Café Zoe, 1929 Menalto Avenue, Menlo Park, free, 4:00 pm PDT

7 NOVEMBER 2021 — sunday

8 NOVEMBER 2021 — monday

  • The Mechanics' Institute presents "No Poetry No Peace," a biannual poetry reading celebrating human expression and peace, featuring poets Mahnaz Badihian (Ask the Wind), Dr. Angela M. Boutte, Joan Gelfand (Extreme), John Rowe (Beyond Perspective), Michael Warr (The Armageddon of Funk, We Are All The Black Boy), and Maw Shein Win (Storage Unit for the Spirit House), hosted by multidisciplinary writer Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte (Betrayal on the Bayou), free, online via Zoom, 6:00-7:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

9 NOVEMBER 2021 — tuesday

10 NOVEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • Green Apple Books presents short story writer Venita Blackburn and Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club and digital platform promoting Black literature, celebrating their newest books, How to Wrestle a Girl and On Girlhood, respectively, free, online via Zoom, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The Dominican University of California presents a poetry workshop, "Composition by Juxtaposition," led by poet Caroline Goodwin, Custody of the Eyes, The Paper Tree, attendees will practice free-writing, with a focus on tone, voice, and rearrangement in poetry, online, free, 6:00-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The San Francisco Public Library presents a reading featuring writer and musician Kevin Simmonds, reading from his new hybrid poetry and essay collection, The Monster I Am Today: Leontyne Price and a Life in Verse, joined by poets James Cagney, Black Steel Magnolias in the Hours of Chaos Theory, and former San Francisco Poet Laureate devorah major, with open arms, as well as soprano Valetta Brinson, who will be performing a special musical performance, free, online, 7:00-8:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

11 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual reading by poets Jan Beatty, American Bastard: A Memoir and The Body Wars: Poems, Peter Kline, Mirrorforms, and C. Dale Young, Prometeo, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)
  • Point Reyes Books presents a reading and conversation featuring poet and critic Angela Hume, Meat Habitats, Middle Time, discussing her new collection of poems, Interventions for Women, in conversation with poet Brian Teare, Doomstead Days, Companion Grasses, free, online, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The Center for Literary Arts of San José presents Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer Jhumpa Lahiri, reading from her most recent book, Whereabouts, a novel about place, both geographical and emotional, online via Crowdcast, free, 6:00 pm PDT (Register to attend:
  • Book Passage presents Naomi Krupitsky, discussing her debut novel, The Family, a touching story of two best friends, both daughters of the Italian mafia, in conversation with best-selling novelist Adriana Trigiani, Big Stone Gap, Very Valentine, online, free, 5:30 pm PST (Register to attend:
  • The Poetry Center presents a reading and conversation with poet and artist Wang Ping, My Name is Immigrant, Life of Miracles Along the Yangtze and Mississippi, and poet Jennifer S. Cheng, MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems, in-person, The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, free, 1:00 pm PST (For more information:

12 NOVEMBER 2021 — friday

13 NOVEMBER 2021 — saturday

14 NOVEMBER 2021 — sunday

15 NOVEMBER 2021 — monday

  • Odd Mondays Reading Series celebrates its 20th anniversary with this special reading, featuring poet Jenny Qi, Focal Point, short story writer Maurice Carlos Ruffin, The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You, and novelist Alison Wellford, Indolence, followed by a conversation and reading by Odd Mondays founders Ramon Sender and Judith Levy-Sender, online via Zoom, free, 7:00-8:30 pm PST (RSVP to for the Zoom link)

16 NOVEMBER 2021 — tuesday

  • Cobalt Poets presents a reading with poet and activist Ron Kolm, Welcome to the Barbeque, Suburban Ambush, open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here:
  • The Library Foundation of Los Angeles presents award-winning novelist and poet Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman, The Round House, reading from and discussing her new novel, The Sentence, that explores grief and isolation, set in a haunted bookstore in Minneapolis, online, 5:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:

17 NOVEMBER 2021 — wednesday

  • City Lights Books presents award-winning novelist Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky, discussing her new book, Never Say You Can't Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times By Making Up Stories, in conversation with short story writer Kelly Link, Stranger Things Happen, Magic For Beginners, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

18 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

  • Poetry Flash presents a poetry reading by Doren Robbins, Sympathetic Manifesto: Selected Poems 1975-2015, and Susan Suntree, Dear Traveler, online via Zoom, free, 7:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

19 NOVEMBER 2021 — friday

  • Small Press Traffic presents a reading featuring poets Keith Donnell, The Move, and Gabrielle Daniels, Something Else Again: Poetry and Prose, reading from new work, with musical performance by Sholeh Asgary, part of the High Dawn reading series, online and in-person, Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, free, 7:30 PST (RSVP to attend:

20 NOVEMBER 2021 — saturday

21 NOVEMBER 2021 — sunday

  • Poetry Flash presents a virtual poetry reading by Cathy Colman, Time Crunch, and Sam Sax, Bury It, online via Zoom, free, 3:00 pm PST (Register to attend: please click here; you will receive an email with a link to join the reading)

22 NOVEMBER 2021 — monday

  • City Lights Books presents writer Kalani Pickhart, reading from and discussing her new novel, I Will Die in a Foreign Land, a moving story of four people during the volatile political landscape of 2013 Ukraine, in conversation with novelist Maria Kuznetsova, Oksana, Behave!, Something Unbelievable, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

23 NOVEMBER 2021 — tuesday

24 NOVEMBER 2021 — wednesday

25 NOVEMBER 2021 — thursday

26 NOVEMBER 2021 — friday

27 NOVEMBER 2021 — saturday

28 NOVEMBER 2021 — sunday

29 NOVEMBER 2021 — monday

30 NOVEMBER 2021 — tuesday

  • Copperfield's Books presents best-selling author and poet Kate Baer, What Kind of Woman, reading from and discussing her new book, I Hope This Finds You Well, a collection of poems created from notes Baer received from followers, supporters, and detractors, free, online, 7:00 pm PST (RSVP to attend:
  • Cobalt Poets presents a poetry reading by Hayan Charara, Something Sinister, The Sadness of Others, open mic to follow, online via Zoom, free, 7:30 pm PST (Zoom link here:
  • City Lights Books presents author and editor Victoria Nelson, The Secret Life of Puppets, Gothicka, celebrating the launch of her debut novel, Neighbor George, a psychological horror story set in 1970s northern California, online via Zoom, free, 6:00 pm PST (Register to attend:

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